Last Updated: 05/19/2021
As mandated by the CDC, all international travelers coming into the US will be required to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information on this testing requirement, see the CDC Frequently Asked Questions.
In an email sent to all students, staff, and faculty, senior administration at Montclair State informed all community members that students will have to be vaccinated before arriving on campus. In the upcoming months, our office will be contacting international students to share more information.
We will accept vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). More detailed information is available in our Immunizations page. In the upcoming months, our office will be contacting international students to share more information.
If the vaccine is approved by the WHO you will not have to retake it in the US. For more detailed information please visit our Immunizations page.
No. There will be no cost associated with taking the vaccine in the US.
Yes, students may be granted an exception based on medical or religious reasons. For more detailed information please visit our Immunizations page.
Per federal regulations, students can enter the US up to 30 days before the start of the semester. Students will be allowed to enter the US as early as July 24 for the fall semester.
Due to the pandemic, US embassies and consulates are operating at reduced capacity. Please check the nearest consulate or embassy to check their availability.
Students traveling from India, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland with valid F-1 visas have been granted an exemption from the Presidential proclamations that suspended entry from these areas. These students do not need to seek an individual national-interest exception.
Note that J-1 students should contact the nearest US embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request.
Because our classes will be mostly face-to-face in the fall, new students who cannot secure a visa to enter the US will not be able to start their programs fully online from home. Students will have the option to defer their enrollment for the spring 2022 semester. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you decide to defer. If you are a graduate student contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an undergraduate student contact email@example.com
If no appointments are currently available, we urge you to continue to check the embassy/consulate website as it’s likely that additional appointment slots will be added in the coming months.
Most Embassies/Consulates do have a provision to allow for emergency visa appointments within 60 days of the start date noted on your I-20. Note that you do NOT need any documentation from the university for this. U.S. embassies/consulates do not want anything on our end and require only your I-20 as proof of the need for the appointment. See the student section from the Embassy in India as an example: http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-expeditedappointment.asp
Montclair State’s restart plan will guide every aspect of how we operate, from safeguards, to academics, to campus life, housing, dining, transportation and more. Review the detailed plan now on our Red Hawk Restart website.